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El Sereno (Bohlman & On Orbit) - February 18, 2009

Distance: 19.6 miles Ascent: 3457 ft. Moving time: 2:31 hours

Things are still drying out, so I decided to try something new. While I have climbed up Bohlman to the top of El Sereno before, I had not tried the On Orbit (another street) before. This loop splits from and later rejoins Bohlman toward the top. On Orbit involves slightly more climbing than staying on Bohlman and I think it is a bit shorter, but this means that it is also slightly steeper. Anyway, I made it to the top.

I also explored a bit of McGill Road at the top. I turned around at a "Private Road" sign, but Google Earth indicates it should connect into Sanborn Road eventually. After hitting the sign, I backtracked to the Bohlman junction.

El Sereno itself was in great shape. The ground was damp but very firm, with only one or two wet spots. I had a nice ride down.

Rather than return through Los Gatos like usual, I rode up Overlook Road to the Overlook Trail. It was a bit wetter on this side of the mountain. I rode the length of the trail and then descended Canon Drive.

We finally got some serious rain this week. We had intermittent rain on Wednesday and Thursday, moderate rain on Friday, morning rain on Saturday and heavy rain all day Sunday and most of Monday. Finally! We have needed the rain. Hopefully, this means that that start of summer will be pushed out beyond February!

I passed the 1,300,000 vertical ascent mark on this ride.

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